Thank You to Our Summer 2016 Interns!


Versatech has the best employees, but, to maintain our excellent workforce and accomplish our business goals, we have to keep developing talent from the college ranks.  Our summer intern program has historically included a fantastic pool of young, local talent, and the group from the summer of 2016 was no exception! 

Ava Paruleski - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Ava worked on several projects and in multiple areas of the facilty during her time here, including:

  • Contract Manufacturing Lines
  • Quality - Sorting, Reworking, CMM Operation
  • Development of Work Instructions and Shadow Boards for the Production Cells
  • SensrTrx Data Collection System
  • Development and Monitoring Takt Times for New Cells
  • Creating Spare Parts Lists for New Cells

Dillon Hardiek - Indiana University, Electronics Engineering Technology

Dillon, a repeat Summer Intern, and Part-Time Versatech Employee during the school year, worked on improving the changeover process on one of our production lines during his Summer, 2016 internship.  This effort included analyzing the root causes of excessive tooling changeover time and addressing those root causes to improve the time required to changeover from one style to another.  This was an important project, as several high volume jobs run on this production line and excessive changeover results in longer downtime and reduced profitability on those contract manufacturing jobs.  Dillon developed a plan to reduce changeover time, which included training, greater supervision during the changeover process, and multi-tasking during run time to prepare for changeover.  Dillon learned about the importance of strong employee relations, effective communication and resource utilization during the course of this project.

Nick Ruholl - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Mechanical Engineering

Nick worked on one of our high-volume Contract Manufacturing production lines to improve the process efficiency.  He accomplished the following tasks:

  • Creating and implementing a color coding system for torque wrenches on the line
  • Developing and building gauge tables and evaluating their use for process improvements
  • Updating the presetter tool book with new pictures and updated information to help the operators.
  • Installing boards to help improve flow at process handoff.
  • Creating a poke yoke (mistake proofing) measure to avoid misloading a machine.
  • Specifying, ordering and installing rubber flooring tiles to avoid slips and falls.

Thank you to our Summer 2016 Interns for helping us get projects done by using their education and expertise to improve Versatech's safety and efficiency! 

Versatech is committed to growing local, young technical talent.  We consider this an investment into our future!  If you are an Effingham-area high school or college student interested in a career in manufacturing, check out our website for the Part-Time Job Machinist opening.  This is the perfect job if you would like to gain manufacturing experience while attending school!